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Gabriel Espinosa: From Yucatan To Rio

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Espinosa is from Yucatan and has been drawn artistically to Brazil. The results are generally an update of the Sergio Mendes pre hip hop sound with relatively static (as opposed to interactive) rhythm arrangements, and female vocals on five of the ten tracks. Bassist Espinosa has added trumpeter Claudio Roditi and alto saxophonist George Robert and guitarist Romero Lubambo (on five tracks) and clarinetist Anat Cohen (on one) to the pot. Espinosa wrote seven of the tunes and singer Allison Wedding two of the others.

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